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TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
BY PATRICK MURDOCH, D.D. F.R.S.
AND AN ESSAY ON
PRINTED BY A. STRAHAN ;
W.J. & J. Richardson, T. Payne, W.Lowndes, G. Wilkie,
and T. Hurst.
IT is commonly said, that the life of a good writer is best read in his works; which can scarce fail to receive a peculiar tincture from his temper, manners, and habits; the distinguishing character of his mind, his ruling paffion, at least, will there appear undifguised. But however just this observation may be, and although we might safely rest Mr. Thomson's fame, as a good man, as well as a man of genius, on this fole footing ; yet the desire which the Public always shew of being more particularly acquainted